A Guide for Entrants

The RORC Transatlantic Race is the culmination of many months of preparation and planning; starting from the day the entry opens online, through qualifying and on to the day of the race itself. This guide goes over the main points you need to consider before entering - crew qualification, boat suitability and the process of entry itself.

Important Dates and Entry Information

EventDate (2014)Competitor Info
Entry Open Mon 13 January
12:00 hrs UTC
You can log in to your REMUS account and enter the RORC Transatlantic Race 2014
Proposal As soon as possible after entry You must email the Race Team detailing your plan to meet the qualification requirement
Qualification On completion You must email the Race Team once you have completed the proposed qualification
Closing Date Mon 27 October Full Race Entry Fee must be paid by the Closing Date. Otherwise, a Late Entry Fee may be charged.
Rating Deadline Fri 21 November The deadline for holding a valid IRC/class certificate
Berthing Requirement Mon 24 November Boats are required to be berthed in Puerto Calero Marina (Lanzarote, Canary Islands)
Welcome Party Thu 27 November  
Start Sat 29 November Start times and starting groups will be detailed in the Sailing Instructions
Prizegiving Party Sat 20 December  

Crew Qualification

Crew Qualification Overview

  • At least 50% of the crew (but not less than 2) including the Person in Charge, must have completed a minimum of 500 miles of offshore racing or equivalent passages together, within 18 months of the start of the race on the boat that is entered
  • Training to Section 6 of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations must have been completed by at least 30% of the crew (but not less than 2) including the Person in Charge
  • At least two of the crew must have completed appropriate First Aid Training or be a Medical Professional

Experience - Mileage (on the boat that is entered)

The RORC stipulates a minimum experience requirement of 500 miles of offshore racing or equivalent passages, completed by 50% of the crew (but not less than 2) including the Person in Charge within 18 months of the start.

When it is not reasonably possible to access RORC races, or in exceptional circumstances, an alternative method for qualification may be agreed by the RORC. A Service Yacht may qualify similarly or submit written authority from her service establishment. Proposals should be lodged with the RORC as soon as possible after entry.

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30% of the crew (but not less than 2), including the Person the Charge, must have completed a training course in accordance with Section 6 of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations. Training shall have taken place within 5 years of the start of the race.

For example: For a crew of 9: the Person in Charge and at least 2 additional crew members must have completed training. The emphasis is on "minimum" - our recommendation is that as many crew members as possible should complete this training. For boats competing Two-Handed, both crew have to be qualified.

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First Aid Training

At least two members of the crew must hold a valid First Aid Certificate or equivalent, completed within 5 years of the start of the race. In the UK the RYA First Aid Certificate meets the requirement.

It is advisable to have other crew members familiar with First Aid Procedures, hypothermia and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

Medical professionals (i.e. doctors, paramedics, surgeons, Service medics, etc.) need not complete further training to meet the Senior First Aid requirement. However, they should refresh their knowledge on specific sicknesses and treatments, e.g. for hypothermia and make sure they are comfortable with special offshore medical conditions and actions, including topics like Tele medical communications on board. See Appendix N of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations for details.

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Experience to sail Two-Handed

If you are considering competing in the RORC Transatlantic Race Two-Handed you will have to satisfy the Committee that you have suitable and adequate experience and that the boat is properly organised for Two-Handed sailing. Naturally, all other Experience/Qualification requirements set out in the Notice of Race apply in addition to this. Two-Handed competitors who regularly race with us meet this requirement and need not apply again.

You can apply to race in the Two-Handed Class by Email to racing@rorc.org.uk (Please put your sail Number and Boat name in the subject field).

Boat Suitablity

Boat Suitability - Overview

Like the crew, the boat needs to be capable of taking on the conditions likely to be seen during the RORC Transatlantic Race. We invoke the Category 1 requirements of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations plus Satellite Phone (including RORC Prescriptions) to decide on the suitability of a boat's stability, equipment and construction standards. The RORC then has a few additional stipulations regarding the speed and minimum/maximum length of eligible boats.

  • must have an IRC Rating of 1.004 or greater
  • For non-IRC rated boats alternative criteria may be used. E.g. IMOCA 60, Class40
  • Visit www.ircrating.org for more information on IRC Rating
  • must have a MOCRA Rating of 1.200 or greater
  • For non-MOCRA rated boats alternative criteria may be used
  • Visit www.mocra-sailing.co.uk/ for more information on MOCRA Rating
  • Minimum length: determined by minimum speed rating - see above
  • No maximum length
  • Minimum length is 9.15m (30ft) LH (LOA)
  • No maximum length

The Committee may make an exception to the minimum lengths or ratings on application

Hull Construction

Please see the full requirements in "Hull Construction Certificate" below

  • STIX minimum 32
  • AVS minimum 130-0.002*m (m is the boat's minimum sailing weight)
  • SSS minimum 35 (if STIX/AVS not present and not required)
  • Boats in accepted One-Design classes (holding valid Rating/Class certificates) do not require STIX or SSS
Boat Equipment
  • In accordance with Category 1 of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations (including RORC Prescriptions) plus Satellite Phone

Hull Construction

To ensure that your boat was designed and constructed to withstand the rigours of offshore racing, the boat has to meet certain design and constructions standards.

To determine whether a hull construction certificate needs to be lodged with us, please find out the earliest of the age and series date for your boat*. These values are present on most rating certificates (e.g. IRC) or in your boat's manual.

* Age date specifies the date the build of the boat was completed. The series date is the date of completion of the first boat in the series. Typically the series date is earlier than the age date. The requirements for Hull Construction are based on the earlier of these two dates. If your boat was built in 2003 but the series had been completed in 1984 you can enter the decision tree below with the value 1984.

Has your boat or the series been built:

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